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Portland-based arts organizations launch professional development series for artists

Posted: 2012-09-12

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Creative Portland has received a grant from the Quimby Family Foundation to launch a professional development series, in partnership with Maine College of Art and the Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, designed specifically for professional artists.

The series will consist of 12 workshops held in MECA’s Osher Hall on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Selected from a survey of artists this summer, topics will range from grant-writing and social media to contract law and business start-up basics.

December 12: Tax Essentials for Artists 

With support from the Foundation and a sponsorship from MECA, the cost will be $10 per session for participants and free to all MECA students and alumni. Registration is required for all attendees on Creative Portland’s website—portlandarts.org.

“We have heard from many artists that a critical need in this community is affordable access to high-quality skill-building workshops that are focused around the specific needs of working artists,” said Jennifer Hutchins, executive director of Creative Portland. “By working with MECA and MEVLA, we will offer access to leading presenters in the field and bring the latest knowledge to artists in the Portland region.”

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Creative Portland is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to grow and support the city’s creative economy. In July 2012, Creative Portland merged with the Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance to become the city’s official arts agency. 

The mission of Maine College of Art (MECA) dates back to 1882 and is rooted in delivering a transformative learning experience that prepares students to thrive in the areas of artistic excellence, creative entrepreneurship, and civic engagement within an intimate and demanding educational environment.  

Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts offers pro bono and reduced fee services to professional artists in Maine. 

Artist who designed Sprague oil tanks speaks at MECA

Posted: 2012-09-07

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Jaime Gili, the artist who designed the art for Sprague Energy Corporation’s oil tanks that line Casco Bay between Portland and South Portland, will visit Maine this coming week, spoke at MECA's Osher Hall on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. The event was hosted by the Maine Center for Creativity, in partnership with Maine College of Art. 

The Maine Center for Creativity, in ground-breaking collaboration with the Sprague Energy Corporation, sponsored the Art All Around® project. It is a bold initiative launched in 2008 to spearhead an international design competition. It’s goal: to transform 16 oil storage tanks on Portland harbor into an integrated ‘canvas’ of color and design at the gateway to the state’s largest city – and to all of Maine.

The first phase was an open design competition that received 560 submissions from 80 countries. Designs were evaluated by a select, international panel of judges. Five semifinalists, including two from Maine, each received a $10,000 prize award. Jaime Gili, a young Venezuela-born artist living in London, was selected as the final winner – and received the $20,000 grand prize.

To date, five tanks of the 16 tanks have been completed, and Gili is visiting Maine to talk about the project, his inspiration, and how it compares to his other artistic endeavors.

About Jaime Gili

Jaime Gili was born in Caracas in 1972 and lives in London. His work has been described as continuing a tradition of Latin American abstract art, especially the Venezuelan optical artists from the 20th Century. Critics have described his work as a mix of Pop, Minimalism, Vorticism, Futurism and graffiti Art. Gili received his MA in painting from the Royal College of Art in 1998, after studying in Caracas and Barcelona, and has exhibited since in the UK, the USA, Brazil, Switzerland, Spain, Argentina and Venezuela. Art All Around® jurors selected Gili’s work from among 560 submissions from more than 80 countries during the Maine Center for Creativity’s international competition to transform the Sprague industrial site into the world’s largest public art painting.

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Art All Around 
Jaime Gili
Maine Center for Creativity 

About the Maine Center for Creativity

Through its support of arts and industry collaborations, the Maine Center for Creativity (MCC) harnesses the power of talent and innovation to drive economic development and growth of the creative economy in Maine. By developing projects and educational programs that support the vibrancy of creative industries and the arts, such as Art All Around®, Pecha Kucha, and the inaugural Maine Creative Industries Award on September 13, 2012, MCC nurtures innovative companies, engaged communities, and creative people. For more information visit www.mainecenterforcreativity.org or call 207.730.0694. 



Portland Maine Film Festival Hosted at MECA

Posted: 2012-09-04

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MECA is a proud sponsor of The Portland Maine Film Festival.  MECA's Osher Hall will be transformed into a host venue for the film festival from October 4 - 7, 2012. 

The Portland Maine Film Festival is dedicated to presenting the work of talented, emerging artists who engage critical, contemporary dialogues through the medium of film. In doing so, we hope to foster the cultural and creative growth of Portland as a developing hub for independent film and innovation within the motion picture arts.

The Festival also provides a forum for local artists to present their work alongside industry leaders, innovators, and established filmmakers, providing them with unique networking, educational, and creative opportunities to increase the visibility of their films and strengthen their relationships within the Maine filmmaking community and beyond.

The Portland Maine Film Festival is proud to be sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society and MENSK. For more information, please contact festival director, Tyler Johnston '05, at tylerjbarr@gmail.com or co director, John Cahall '04 (both MECA alums!)

Coming this Fall! SNAAP Survey

Posted: 2012-08-26

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MECA is participating in the 2012 Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP)--a one-of-a-kind survey that explores the lives of arts alumni nationwide. Alumni completing the survey this fall will have access to a site to see how their educational and career experiences compare with alumni from across the country. See where other arts graduates live, where they work, what they earn, and how their arts educations have influenced their lives.

The time spent sharing those experiences will help participating arts institutions across the country better prepare students for success, whether they stay in the arts or use what they’ve learned in other professional fields.

By verifying our alumni office has a current email address, our alumni can be sure not to miss the chance to share school and life experiences and helping to shape the future of arts education across the country and at MECA. Update your email information by contacting alums@meca.edu

Creative Capital Professional Development Retreat

Posted: 2012-07-27

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The Maine Arts Commission recently presented a transformative two-day Creative Capital Professional Development Retreat in partnership with Maine College of Art. Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Literature, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Working in long-term partnership with artists, Creative Capital’s pioneering approach to support combines funding, counsel and career development services to enable a project’s success and foster sustainable practices for its grantees. The Professional Development Program has reached more than 4,200 artists in 70 communities across the country. The retreat was held at MECA on September 15 and 16.

The Professional Development Retreat delivered dynamic skill-building opportunities to artists for long-term change. Using strategic planning as the central tool, the retreat provided a comprehensive learning structure that helps artists identify short-term project goals and longer-term career goals. The aim of the retreat was to help artists build the skills and identify the resources needed to accomplish their goals. Creative Capital uses an integrated methodology to build skills in the core areas of marketing/public relations, financial planning and fundraising. Overall, the retreat helps artists break ineffective patterns of time and work management, and increase satisfaction in the business of their art.

If you are interested in learning more about this professional development program and other similar upcoming opportunities, please contact Jessica Tomlinson at jtomlinson@meca.edu

 

Alum Publishes Book on Rescued Animals

Posted: 2012-07-02

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Alum Sharon Lee Hart '04, a lecturer in the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies, recently published her first book titled "Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals" which will be released this fall.

The book is comprised of photographs, taken by Hart, of rescued farm animals in various animal sanctuaries, accompanied by handwritten stories by sanctuary workers and leaders in the animal rescue industry. Spliced amongst the photos and stories are essays written by Karen Davis, president of United Poultry Concerns; Kathy Stevens, founder of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary; andGene Baur, founder of Farm Sanctuary.

A long-time vegetarian turned vegan, Hart refers to farm animals as "some of the most abused, overlooked animals on the planet." Upon visiting her first animal sanctuary, Hart was inspired to meet more rescued farm animals and pursue this project. The message of the book is to show the innocence and intelligence of farm animals across the country, and Hart hopes "Sanctuary" will promote advocacy for better treatment for farm animals.

"I hope that folks view the photographs with compassionate eyes, read the stories with an open heart, and begin to see farm animals in a new light," Hart said.

A native of Washington, D.C., Hart received her bachelor's degree with honors from Maine College of Art and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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Alum and Faculty member included in Smithsonian Exhibition

Posted: 2012-06-26

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Alum Vivian Beer '00 and Associate Professor of Metalsmithing & Jewelry Jeff Clancy were selected to participate in "40 under 40: Craft Futures" at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The show features forty artists born since 1972, the year the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s contemporary craft and decorative arts program was established at its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery. The exhibition investigates evolving notions of craft within traditional media such as ceramics and metalwork, as well as in fields as varied as sculpture, industrial design, installation art, fashion design, sustainable manufacturing, and mathematics. The range of disciplines represented illustrates new avenues for the handmade in contemporary culture.

This new work reflects the changed world that exists today, which poses new challenges and considerations for artists. These 40 artists are united by philosophies for living differently in modern society with an emphasis on sustainability, a return to valuing the hand-made and what it means to live in a state of persistent conflict and unease.

Nicholas R. Bell, The Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator of American Craft and Decorative Art at the Renwick Gallery, organized the exhibition which runs from July 20, 2012 to February 3, 2013. The museum hopes to acquire works by every artist featured in the exhibition to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the Renwick Gallery.

Image: Tea for One by Jeff Clancy

 

MFA Summer Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Posted: 2012-05-25

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Each summer, MECA invites visiting artists, curators, and scholars to participate in MFA curriculum. In addition to critiques and studio visits with students, Visiting Artists deliver a lecture that is free and open to the public. Lectures are held in Osher Hall and begin at 6:30pm.

Michael Kimmelman
Thursday, June 21
“From New York to Europe and Back Again”

Michael Kimmelman’s talk is an intimate and story-filled reflection on his path from The New York Times’s Chief Art Critic, trawling the world’s museums and galleries to Foreign Correspondent (based in Berlin), reinventing cultural reporting from Marseille to Gaza to Berlin and Istanbul, all of which prepared the way for his current post as Architecture Critic, writing about issues facing us at a time when society and cities are rapidly changing.

Beth Lipman
Monday, June 25

Beth Lipman lives and works in Sheboygan Falls, WI. She has exhibited her work widely and received numerous awards including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, and a Ruth Chenven Foundation Grant. Lipman has exhibited her work internationally at such institutions as the ICA at MECA, the RISD Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Radcliffe Bailey
Monday, July 2

Radcliffe Bailey creates his mixed media paintings by piecing together ancestral photographs, collected objects, and painted words and maps. Born in 1968 in New Jersey, Bailey now lives and works in Atlanta. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Atlanta College of Art in 1991. His work is permanently installed in the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and in numerous permanent collections including The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The High Museum of Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago.

Amze Emmons
Monday, July 9

Amze Emmons is one of the co-founders of Printersting.org. He is an artist, illustrator, curator, living and working in Philadelphia, PA. Currently, he teaches art at Muhlenberg College in Allentown. Emmons and his partners at Printeresting are organizing a zine and small press exposition at Space Gallery from July 20 - August 23 featuring work from 60 talented artists, designers, and publishers from around the world.

Stanya Kahn
Monday, July 16

California-based Stanya Kahn is an interdisciplinary media artist. Working primarily in video, with a practice that includes performance, writing, and photography, Kahn's work inhabits a space between fiction and document, and stems from an extensive background in live performance. Kahn has worked in a collaborative team with artist Harry Dodge, and her work has shown in numerous venues nationally and internationally, including the Whitney Biennial, the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art.

Francis Cape
Monday July 23

Francis Cape was trained as a woodcarver before receiving his MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has exhibited his work extensively in the US, including shows at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Cape is represented by Murray Guyin New York City. He lives and works in Narrowsburg, NY.

Denise Markonish
Monday July 30

Denise Markonish is the curator at MASS MoCA where she has curated the exhibitions of Nari Ward, Petah Coyne and Inigo Manglano-Ovalle. Markonish also co-edited with Susan Cross the book Sol LeWitt: 100 Views. Previous to her work at MASS MoCA, Markonish was the curator at Artspace in New Haven, CT.

Anne Wilson
Monday, August 6

Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist who creates sculpture, drawings, performances and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, private and social rituals. Wilson is the recipient of grants from the Driehaus Foundation, Artadia, the Tiffany Foundation, and  the National Endowment for the Arts. Wilson's work is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago and Paul Kotula Projects, Detroit. She is a Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Generous support for the lecture series provided by the Quimby Family Foundation.

Ribbon Cutting Celebration for Woodworking & Furniture Design Department

Posted: 2012-05-23

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Maine College of Art will celebrate the completion of the Woodworking & Furniture Design studio facilities in the Porteous Building on Thursday, June 7 at 5:30pm on the third floor. We will acknowledge the donors who made the renovations possible. Light refreshments will be served at 5:30pm with remarks by President Don Tuski and Associate Professor Matt Hutton at 6pm.

This summer, the College is hosting the Furniture Society conference,  dynamic range of intensives, lectures, demonstrations, presentations, and exhibitions. Join Matt Hutton and Assistant Professor Adam Manley on Saturday, June 9 from 10am to noon to tour the exhibits. Participants should join in the MECA lobby for coffee and donuts before departing together.

Full schedule for the Furniture Society Conference

Please RSVP for either or both of these events to Annie Wadleigh at awadleigh@meca.edu or 207.699.5015.

Image: Tanner Price '12

MECA to Host Furniture Society Conference

Posted: 2012-05-23

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From June 14-16, Maine College of Art will host the Furniture Society conference:Design, Community & the Sublime. The conference includes a dynamic range of intensives, lectures, demonstrations, presentations, and exhibitions. The unforgiving coastline of Maine gave birth to communities of skilled shipbuilders, uniquely rugged and determined. The Shakers, in a tradition of simplicity and functionality, contributed to the style, in fact, the very grain of the state and the last of these communities in the country still calls Maine home. There are deeply held values in these life and work choices, those of the Shakers, the boat builders, and all those who coax wood: a fierce independence that is predicated on the strength of community and tradition. The Furniture Society’s 2012 conference, Design, Community, and the Sublime, will celebrate these traditions and intersections of craft, community, and design in a setting of natural beauty and contemporary culture. 

Full schedule

Image: Steven Anderson '11.

Furniture Society Conference Exhibitions

Posted: 2012-05-23

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Maine College of Art is hosting the Furniture Society Conference: Design, Community, and the Sublime from June 14-16. In addition to a dynamic range of intensives, lectures, demonstrations, and presentations, there will also be several exhibitions on view locally. Each gallery will hold an opening reception on First Friday Art Walk, June 1 at 5pm.

New Works: Matt Hutton, Jamie Johnston and Adam John Manley
June 1 - June 23
June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA
522 Congress Street

New Works represents the most recent creative output of three local artists working in and around the world of woodworking and furniture. Bound by history and medium, Matt Hutton, Jamie Johnston, and Adam John Manley explore ideas of place, materiality, function, and time through divergent means. This exhibition highlights the three as a group while investigating the unique approach of each through three respective new bodies of work.


Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?
June 1- June 30
Lewis Gallery at Portland Public Library
5 Monument Square

The Furniture Society and Maine College of Art present an exhibition of collaborative works: Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? is an exploration of work in all mediums by pairs and/or groups of artists at different points in their career, ranging from emerging to established artists through collaborative projects.

Participants By groups:
William Huston and Saer Huston
Peter Handler and Karen Singer
Hayami Arakawa and Vivian Beer
Karen Ernst and Sue Amendolara
Aaron Miley and Steven Sander
Charles Radtke and Sarah Perkins
Jordan Gehman and Mali Mrozinski
Amelia Toelke and Arielle Toelke
Seth Keller and Michelle Janssens-Keller
Laura Johnson Drake and Duan Haiyan
Owain Harris and Robert Dworkin
Matthew Hebert and Donald Fortescue
Brian Chan, Ken Stone and Hayami Arakawa
William Doub, Anne Long, Susan Pratt-Smith and Jeff Jelenfy

 
Then & Now: Alumni and Student Work from Maine College of Art
June 1-June 29
Rose Contemporary
492 Congress Street

Then and Now is a juried exhibition of work by alumni and current students of MECA who are investigating furniture in all mediums or working sculpturally with wood. This exhibition will be held at Rose Contemporary in Portland, Maine in conjunction with the 2012 Furniture Society Conference, hosted by Maine College of Art. The exhibition was juried by Chair of Woodworking & Furniture Design Matt Hutton, Visiting Assistant Professor of Woodworking & Furniture Design Adam Manley, and Owner of Rose Contemporary Virginia Sassman Rose and was coordinated by Tina McLuckie ’12.

The selected artists are Steven Anderson ’11, Vivian Beer ’00, Sarah Bouchard ’11, Nicole Farrand ’11, Forest Gagne ’14, Jordan Gehman ’06, Ted Lott ’05, Tina McLuckie ’12, Abby Mechanic ’13, Hannah Merchant ’13, Oliver Percival ’10, and Tanner Price ’12.

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Image: Ted Lott '05

 

2012 Artist Residencies Announced

Posted: 2012-05-22

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Each spring, Maine College of Art reviews applications for two summer residency programs made available through the College. One is offered at the Stephen Pace House in Stonington, Maine and the other at the Jenny Family Compound in Nova Scotia.

The Stonington residencies were granted to MECA faculty member Mark Jamra, staffer Dietlind Vander Schaaf as well as alums Larissa Mellor ’04 ,Rachael Eastman ’94, and Nik Bsullak ’99. The Baie St Marie Artist and Family Residency at the Jenny Family Compound was awarded to Mark Marchesi ’99, Richard Metz MFA’00, Thomas Cummins MFA’05, and Crystal Heiden ’06, ,Conan Masterson and Christine Negus.

Image: Mark Marchesi '99                                                    

Painting Student Achievements

Posted: 2012-05-22

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Kathyrn Dodson, a 2012 painting graduate was selected to show at Gallery Dufour in Belfast. The exhibit featured the work of 25 contemporary Maine figure painters and photographers. Dodson won first prize in the category of non-photography

MFA graduate Shirah Neumann '12 will attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Painting major Angela Rosensweig was selected to receive a residency at the Yale Summer School of Art.

Painting major Lydia Anderson is interning at Christy's auction house for the summer.

Painting major Reesa Wood '12 was accepted to the RISD MFA painting program.

Image: Reesa Wood '12

MECA Students Attend Watershed Summer Program

Posted: 2012-05-22

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Five MECA Ceramics majors have been selected to attend the upcoming pre-session experience at The Watershed Center for the Center Arts from May 27- June 8.  Lindsey Demuth, Anne Saffron, Vicki Koronkiewicz, Adrian King and Dena Giroux will participate in the pre-session experience, a two-week opportunity to live and create artwork in the studios of Watershed in exchange for preparing the center for the summer program.  Watershed is an internationally known ceramic art center located in Newcastle, ME.  The Ceramics majors recently completed a field trip to the Watershed Center this spring.

Image: Adrian King

 

BFA Open House: First Friday, June 1

Posted: 2012-05-18

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Please join us for our June 1 Open House  to learn more about the four-year undergraduate program at Maine College of Art. This is an opportunity to learn more about MECA and experience Portland's vibrant art scene during the First Friday Art Walk.

At the Open House, you can speak directly with MECA's faculty about the BFA program, learn more about the studio majors and Artists at Work, tour our facilities, schedule a portfolio review, and discuss scholarship opportunities. The thesis work of the 2012 graduates will be on view throughout the Porteous Building.
 
Program schedule:

2:30 - 3:00 Registration and refreshments
3:00 - 4:00 Information session with the president, dean, faculty, and staff
4:00 - 5:30 Tours of MECA's facilities and residence halls

You may also request to meet with an Admissions representative for a portfolio review or to discuss transfer options. We will be scheduling individual appointments throughout the day.

At 5:30 you are encouraged to take part in Portland's First Friday Art Walk. Over 7,000 people come out for this festive monthly occasion to see artwork at the 60 participating venues including galleries, museums, open studios and restaurants. 

This event takes place in downtown Portland, recently named one of America's "Best Cities for Hipsters" by Travel + Leisure, and "The San Francisco of the East" by Chicago Tribune. 

Please RSVP here if you would like to join us.

Image: Ray Ewing photograph from 2012 Thesis Exhibition

2012 BFA Thesis Show on View

Posted: 2012-05-08

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The thesis exhibition work of the 2012 graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program is on view in the Porteous Building from May 4 through May 25. The exhibit spans the first, second, and third floor of the Porteous building and includes the June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA. Titled "Culiminate," the exhibition is bracketed to group artists by theme. The five catergories are: The Constructed Landscape, Other Worlds, Lifestyle & Perception, Process & Product, and The Human Condition. John Huckins '12, Tina MclLuckie '12 , Adriana Warner '12 served as student curators. More than 60 students are included in the show. Viewing hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11am-5pm and Thursday until 7pm. An online gallery accompanies the show.

Photo by Ray Ewing '12.

Metalsmithing & Jewelry Student Achievements

Posted: 2012-05-04

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Metalsmithing & Jewelry students continue to pursue professional opportunities and gain recognition while enrolled in school.  Matthias Rand will have a six-page spread of his work published in the January issue of Salacious magazine. John Huckins had work included in and attended Craft Forms 2011, a national juried exhibition held at the Wayne Art Center in Pennsylvania. Craft Forms is an international juried exhibition dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of fine contemporary craft while providing a venue for established and emerging artists alike to share their creative endeavors. Jurors selected 126 pieces from 900 entries. His work was also selected for Crafts National 2012 and will be exhibited at the Mulvane Art Museum this summer.  Emily Rogstad is a finalist in the NICHE Student Award exhibition in Philadelphia. The awards recognize excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft. Shelby Goldsmith and Aaron Decker had work accepted to Beyond Borders: the 11th International Juried Enamel Exhibition sponsored by the Northern California Enamel Guild.  The show will be held at the Richmond Art Center in California in the fall of 2012. Dan Marcuccio and John Huckins were accepted into Forged, a national juried exhibition that explores the concept and process of forged and wrought metals.  This show will be held at the Target Gallery of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia in the spring of 2012.
 
Image: Emily Rogstad

Isabel Kelley '13 to Intern at International Sculpture Symposium

Posted: 2012-04-16

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MECA sculpture major Isabel Kelley ‘13 has received the internship at Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium for the summer of 2012. This year’s symposium will be held at The University of Maine. Isabel will work as an assistant to an international group of stone sculptors and have responsibilities in tool making and maintenance, assisting with pneumatic power tools and carving, as well as learning how to lift and move large scale granite with slings, hydraulics and cranes. Each symposia lasts 6 weeks, from late July to early September. Visitors can watch the sculptures in progress. Artists from around the world are selected through a juried process to participate. The sculptures are then placed at public sites in Maine communities. 

Rob Doane '13 Receives Cape Cod Modern House Residency

Posted: 2012-04-16

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Sculpture major Rob Doane '13, has received the Cape Cod Modern House Residency. The residency is a week-long stay for artists and scholars whose work relates to the story of the modern movement, the mid-20-century creative convergence on Outer Cape Cod or the Cape’s particular landscape. Rob's work begins with the contemporary found object. While he has minimal and modernist preferences in his work, the results are edgy, occasionally mocking, and filled with perceptual richness. Sound, odor, embedded video and intense color are used to create contemporary content.  Rob will have a chance to focus on his own work during the residency and this gift of time should provide an exciting opportunity to develop new work and new ideas in advance of his senior year at Maine College of Art.

Public Engagement Minor Shawn Brewer '12 to Exhibit in Library

Posted: 2012-04-16

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Shawn Brewer, a senior in Printmaking, will be the first student to graduate from MECA with a minor in Public Engagement, which was added this year. For his capstone project, he worked with the local organization The Art Department, an innovative experiencial community support program that teaches art to adults with intellectual uniqueness.Shawn spent a month with participants to create a series of artist's books engaging the topic of local community. These books serve as a catalyst for a series of large, hand-printed maps that were altered with drawing. An exhibition of the books and prints “Mapping ME/Maine” will be on view April 19 – May 1 in the Joanne Waxman Library at MECA, with a reception at 1pm on April 19.

To qualify for a minor in public engagement, Shawn completed an internship at Space Gallery, an alternative arts venue in Portland. He also launched “Fast Food Prints,” a mobile art event that engages the public in the printmaking on demand. Customers get to choose imagery and compositional elements to create an original piece of art on site. Shawn has brought Fast Food Prints to the First Friday Art Walk, the Maine Mall, and the Kahbang Arts Festival. This summer, it travels to Freeport and the Furniture Society Conference. Also this summer, Shawnwas selected as a summer intern at Wingate Studios, a professional Intaglio printshop in New Hampshire.